4-H & YOUTH — 4-H’ers Test Family and Consumer Science and Entrepreneurship Skills at Life Challenge

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The 4-H Life Challenge contests focus on Family and Consumer Science and Entrepreneurial (ESI) project areas.

The county Life Challenge contest was held on June 1. Twenty-four youth demonstrated their knowledge in the areas of foods & nutrition, personal finance, human development, healthy lifestyles and home environment. Abby Kruse was the Junior Champion and Emily Bauman was the Junior Reserve Champion. Senior Champion was Madelyn Kreifels and Sarah Lange was the Senior Reserve Champion.

The 2019 State Life Challenge Event was held on University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus June 17–18. Twenty-two Lancaster County 4-H’ers formed six teams. Teams applied information they had learned in 4-H projects to bring solutions to real-life problems. Teams developed a marketing plan for a new product promoting personal health (ESI challenge), designed a space at the recently-renovated East Campus Union to encourage social connections (Design challenge) and created a wellness program for the UNL Rec Center (Foods & Nutrition challenge). Lancaster teams won five top awards! Photos are on Flickr at https://go.unl.edu/19palc.

The Extreme Green Team of Alaina Agnew, Madelyn Kreifels and Julia Stephenson earned 1st place rankings in both the Design and ESI Challenges, and each received a $1,000 scholarship from the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences as well as a $50 cash award. This team also received the 5th place Award for the Foods & Nutrition Challenge.

The Clover Power Team of Nathan Gabel, Elena Thomson, Abigail Kreifels and Clare Bowman placed 2nd in the Design Challenge.

Lancaster County’s A-Z Leaders Team placed 4th in the Foods & Nutrition Challenge.

Additional teams represented Lancaster County with high scores:
• Smith & Company (Jacob Bauman, Christopher Moore, Parker Smith and Pierce Smith)
• Home Run Gang (Lucas Bargen, Luke Beckman and Colt Reiling)
• The Five Stars (Aleyna Cuttlers, Sarah Lange, Nettie Lunquist and Linsey Sheldon)